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  • Abortion services to be available to women from Northern Ireland — Harris [Ireland health minster]

    08/09/2018 7:16:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    RTE News ^ | Wednesday, 8 Aug 2018 14:12
    The Minister for Health has said women in Northern Ireland will be able to access abortion services in the Republic when the legislation is introduced here. Speaking in Belfast this evening, Simon Harris said his concern for a woman’s right to access health services in crisis pregnancies situations does not stop at the border. He said while he respects the abortion law in northern Ireland, he hopes it is addressed in the near future. Britain’s Abortion Act does not extend to Northern Ireland and an abortion is only allowed if a woman’s life is at risk, or if there is...
  • Catholic Teaching on Homosexuality Evil, Says [Former Irish President] McAleese

    08/09/2018 7:22:28 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    BBC ^ | 8/7/18
    The Catholic Church's teaching on homosexuality has been described as "evil" by a former Irish president. Mary McAleese said she was hopeful the Pope would change the church's position on the issue. Pope Francis is due to visit the Republic of Ireland this month for the World Meeting of Families, a major event for the Church. Mrs McAleese, who was president from 1997 to 2011, said she hoped it would be free of "homophobic messages". The Pope's two-day tour will be the first papal visit to Ireland for almost 40 years. 'Exploded that myth'Mrs McAleese made her comments about the...
  • Motorists may be taxed on distance driven rather than paying excise on fuel [Ireland]

    08/07/2018 7:48:55 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 08/06/2018 | Fiach Kelly, Deputy Political Editor
    Motorists may be taxed on the distance they drive rather than paying excise on fuel at petrol station pumps, under plans proposed by senior officials. The Government is considering numerous schemes to ensure the overall tax take from motoring does not drop significantly as a result of moves to lower emission vehicles. The Department of Finance has outlined a series of options on how to ensure the exchequer does not lose out, such as a fixed charge on the purchase of every car, no matter how low its emissions levels are. Recent policy has been designed to encourage motorists to...
  • EU completes solar field in Gaza

    08/02/2018 9:20:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    INN ^ | 08/03/18 04:09 | Arutz Sheva staff
    The EU has completed the biggest photovoltaic solar field in Gaza, the European Commission announced on Thursday. The field will provide 0.5 Megawatts of electricity per day to fuel the Southern Gaza Desalination Plant. The EU-funded Southern Gaza Desalination Plant currently provides drinking water to 75,000 inhabitants in the Khan Younis and Rafah governorates. With the new energy field and new investments foreseen it will eventually reach 250,000 people in Southern Gaza by 2020. Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, commented, “Limited energy supplies in Gaza are one of the main challenges when improving access...
  • Alliance of the Likeminded: Germany's Anti-Trump Strategy Begins to Take Shape

    08/02/2018 3:53:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | July 27, 2018 06:27 PM | Christoph Schult
    On the day European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker reached a surprise deal on trade with Donald Trump, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas was standing in front of a wood-paneled government building 11,000 kilometers (6,800 miles) to the east. Maas was in Japan on his first trip to Asia as foreign minister, and expectations were high. “We share the same values,” said Maas, who is a member of the center-left Social Democrats, as his host, Japanese President Shinzo Abe, nodded. “In the current geopolitical situation, it is good to clearly emphasize this once again.” But the guest from Germany brought more...
  • Trump: Sanctions against Russia will 'remain in place'

    07/31/2018 4:05:36 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 11 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7/30/18 | Bob Fredericks
    President Trump on Monday insisted that the United States will not drop sanctions against Moscow. “Sanctions on Russia will remain as is,” Trump said, even as Putin demands that they be dropped. Italy’s prime minister, Giuseppe Conte first broached the subject and said lifting the sanctions would be “unthinkable.” Trump also scolded Germany — just as he did at the NATO summit — for agreeing to use a Russian natural gas pipeline while, in his estimation, not paying enough for defense.
  • Russian Ambassador Defends Iran's Role in Syria on Israeli TV

    07/31/2018 2:39:52 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 8 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | July 31, 2018 | Reuters
    Russia cannot compel Iranian forces to quit Syria, Moscow's ambassador to Tel Aviv said on Monday, rebuffing Israel's long-standing demand that it should work to ensure their total withdrawal from the country. "They are playing a very, very important role in our common and joint effort to eliminate terrorists in Syria," Ambassador Anatoly Viktorov told Israel's Channel 10 television in an interview. "That is why, for this period of time, we see as non-realistic any demands to expel any foreign troops from the entirety of the Syrian Arab Republic," he said. "We can talk with our Iranian partners very frankly...
  • A Europe We Can Believe In

    07/30/2018 7:14:53 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 12 replies
    The True Europe ^ | various EU citizens
    We are reaching a dead-end. The greatest threat to the future of Europe is neither Russian adventurism nor Muslim immigration. The true Europe is at risk because of the suffocating grip that the false Europe has over our imaginations—an empire of money and regulations, covered with sentiments of pseudo-religious universalism, that is being constructed by the European Union. The true Europe has been marked by Christianity. The universal spiritual empire of the Church brought cultural unity to Europe...This has allowed for particular civic loyalties to flourish within a shared European culture. Our gentle virtues are of an unmistakably Christian heritage:...
  • Flashback: Pope Benedict criticizes E.U. for excluding God on anniversary (and Merkel agreed!)

    07/30/2018 10:27:48 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2007 | Philip Pullella
    Pope Benedict strongly criticized the European Union on Saturday for excluding a mention of God and Europe’s Christian roots in declarations marking the 50th anniversary of its founding. Pope Benedict warned the bloc was headed up a slippery slope of indifference and said it could not deny its “historical, cultural and moral identity” that Christianity helped forge. In a toughly-worded speech to European bishops, Benedict said Europe was committing a form of “apostasy of itself” and was thus doubting its own identity. The Pope, who like his predecessor John Paul often calls for a mention of God and Christianity in...
  • UK halts cooperation with US on two ISIS fighters over possibility of death penalty

    07/28/2018 4:31:24 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 14 replies
    The British government has reportedly halted cooperating with the U.S. over two British members of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) due to concerns they could face the death penalty. Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh, who are accused of involvement in the killing of more than two dozen hostages, are two members of a cell of ISIS fighters known as "The Beatles" because of their British accents. The U.K. government faced backlash earlier this month after agreeing to cooperate with the U.S. and share intelligence about the cases without seeking assurance that they would not face the...
  • Germany says U.S.-Europe trade tensions ease, questions remain on soy

    07/28/2018 10:52:23 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/28/2018 | Maximilian Heath
    BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - The trade relationship between the United States and Europe is improving, German Agriculture Minister Julia Kloeckner said on Saturday, but there is no guarantee the bloc will buy the quantity of soybeans that Washington expects. U.S. President Donald Trump and Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, the EU’s executive body, struck a surprise deal on Wednesday that ended the risk of an immediate trade war between the two powers. After the talks, Trump highlighted benefits for U.S. farmers. “The European Union is going to start, almost immediately, to buy a lot of soybeans,” he told...
  • Inside Bannon's Plan to Hijack Europe for the Far-Right [vs Soros]

    07/28/2018 8:05:33 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 27 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 7/20/2018 | Nico Hines
    Bannon is moving to Europe to set up The Movement, a populist foundation to rival George Soros and spark a right-wing revolt across the continent. LONDON—Steve Bannon plans to go toe-to-toe with George Soros and spark a right-wing revolution in Europe. Trump’s former White House chief advisor told The Daily Beast that he is setting up a foundation in Europe called The Movement which he hopes will lead a right-wing populist revolt across the continent starting with the European Parliament elections next spring. The non-profit will be a central source of polling, advice on messaging, data targeting, and think-tank research...
  • Protesters Interrupt Bill Clinton Speech, Demanding Decriminalization of Sex Workers Worldwide

    07/27/2018 3:47:29 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 20 replies
    NTK Network ^ | 7/27/2018 | Staff
    Former President Bill Clinton was interrupted by protesters demanding the decriminalization of sex workers worldwide on Friday, while he was giving the closing speech at the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam. Clinton had just begun addressing the crowd when the protestors began chatting and blowing whistles. “President Clinton, we demand for decriminalization of sex work worldwide and in the United States,” one protester shouted at Clinton. Another protestor shouted at Clinton, “we know you support sex workers, please help us!” Clinton remained silent on stage while the protestors shouted their demands at him. Once they concluded, he commended the conference...
  • No break for Swiss giant Nestle in Kit Kat trademark war

    07/27/2018 2:27:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies ^ | 26 July 2018 08:57 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    The European Union’s top court on Wednesday July 25th ordered the EU’s intellectual property office to “reconsider” Kit Kat’s bloc-wide trademark, prolonging Nestle’s decade-long battle to claim exclusive rights over the chocolate bar’s distinctive shape. Nestle has been locked in a blockbuster legal war with US rival Mondelez, maker of Cadbury chocolate, over the four-fingered wafer biscuit which was first sold in 1935. In a closely watched case, the European Court of Justice said the EU’s intellectual property office must go back to the drawing board and revisit its 2006 to decision to grant Kit Kat an EU trademark based...
  • Danish imam charged over call to kill Jews

    07/24/2018 6:18:04 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 July 2018 | AFP
    Danish prosecutors on Tuesday charged an imam with calling for the killing of Jews in the first case of its kind in the Nordic nation and which sparked political outrage. Imam Mundhir Abdallah, who preaches in the Copenhagen neighbourhood of Norrebro at the Masjid Al-Faruq mosque, which media have linked to radical Islam, is accused of citing a hadith or koranic narrative calling for Muslims to rise up against Jews. “Judgement Day will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them,” Abdallah said in a Facebook and YouTube video post in March.
  • Macron 'not in favor' of vast new US-EU trade deal

    07/27/2018 1:38:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies ^ | 27 July 2018 08:52 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday he viewed talks between US President Donald Trump and EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker as “useful”, but he was “not in favor” of a “vast new trade deal” between the European Union and the United States. “Europe and France never wanted a trade war, and the talks yesterday were therefore useful in as far as they helped scale back any unnecessary tension, and working to bring about an appeasement is useful,” the French leader said after a meeting with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez in Madrid. “But a good trade discussion… can only be...
  • Germany accumulates more packaging waste per capita than any country in the EU

    07/27/2018 1:29:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies ^ | 26 July 2018 10:58 CEST+02:00 | DPA/The Local
    Even eco-friendly Germany is guilty of a throwaway culture. Each year, it consumes more than 220 kilos of packaging per capita — more than any other country in the European Union. The new figures, published on Thursday by the Federal Environment Agency (UBA), soar high above the European average of 167.3 kilos per capita, which was disheartening news for UBA President, Maria Krautzberger. “We produce far too much packaging waste — an unfortunate first place in Europe,” said Krautzberger. “Most of all we have to reduce waste, possibly even in the production phase by avoiding unnecessary packaging.” The UBA announced...
  • Dublin barber fined €5,000 in transgender discrimination case [Ireland]

    07/26/2018 6:28:25 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 07/26/2018 | Gordon Deegan
    A Dublin barber has been ordered to pay €5,000 to a transgender man after being found to have discriminated against him when refusing to give him “a short back and sides”. The transgender man, Lee McLoughlin, told the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) that when he sat down to have his hair cut at Charlie’s Barbers in Nutgrove Shopping Center, south Dublin, on September 24th last, the barber, mistakenly believing he was a woman, replied: “I don’t cut ladies’ hair”. Mr. McLoughlin told the barber that he just wanted a “short back and sides”, and the barber replied, “We don’t cut...
  • Sweden struggles over child marriage

    07/25/2018 10:14:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Pollutico Europe ^ | 7/24/18, 10:45 AM CET | Nathalie Rothschild
    A row over how to deal with child marriage among immigrants has inflamed political debate ahead of a general election in Sweden, where migration continues to divide public opinion and the far right is riding high in the polls. A tug-of-war between the ruling Social Democrat-Green Party coalition and the opposition over the government’s role in managing or eradicating the practice — which predominantly affects young girls, and in some cases boys, from immigrant backgrounds — is emblematic of a broader struggle to find a balance between efforts to integrate a large number of new immigrants and preserve a Swedish...
  • EU commissioner suggests broad cuts to tariffs with U.S.

    07/25/2018 12:25:23 PM PDT · by blueplum · 68 replies
    Reuters ^ | 24 Jul 2018 | Reuter
    BERLIN (Reuters) - The European Union’s budget commissioner suggested on Wednesday the bloc would be ready to discuss mutual tariff cuts with the United States across a range of products, provided Washington lifts recent punitive tariffs first.